Family/Relationships

The Silent Damage of Emotional Abuse

The damage of emotional abuse may go unseen and silent. But it’s very real. You may see yourself or someone you love in the stories I’m about to share. So please read with care. The stories…  Debbie Debbie sat, quietly crying in my office, “I don’t think I...

The One Question You Can Ask to Stop Fighting With Your Partner

You love your partner and you value your relationship. But… the two of you have developed a habit of falling into fights more and more frequently. It may have even grown so problematic that you shudder when you hear them pull into the driveway, anticipating the inevitable argument. Whether...

“I Love You, But…” How Couples Hear And Deal With Criticism

I can go through phases where I criticize my husband’s driving a bit too much. He slows down to look at something, and I exaggeratedly start waving my hand out the side window as if we are on a parade float, silently suggesting that he needs to pick up the pace. Or we’re speeding along...

Five Reasons We Talk “At” Each Other And How To Listen

When couples walk in my door with their chief complaint being, “We can’t communicate,” one of the things I immediately wonder is whether either one is truly listening…or are they talking “at” each other? All too often instead of listening to your partner, you...

Five Ways To Be Your Best Self During A Divorce

What’s a “good” divorce? I’ve heard it said that a good divorce is the one that never happens; of course that’s idealism, not realism. Obviously, many of us do get divorced for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the choice to divorce is mutual; other times it very much...

Five Commitments To Yourself If You Love (Or Have Loved) A Narcissist

Narcissism. That word gets thrown around a good deal these days to describe someone who’s self-absorbed, highly confident, or abrasive. These may be annoying personality traits, but they aren’t the definition of narcissism. So what is a true narcissist? And what are the troublesome dynamics...

Ten Questions To Ask If You’re In A Codependent Relationship

Codependent. You’ve probably heard people describe themselves or others as “codependent;” it’s a commonly used term these days. But what exactly is codependency? Is it a good thing, a bad thing, or somewhere in the middle? There are many different definitions, and many...

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